House Republican Leaders Comment on Bill Changing Voter ID Requirements

CONCORD – Today House Republican Whip Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) and Deputy Republican Whip Andy Renzullo (R-Hudson) offered the following comments in reaction to the passage of HB 595, a bill that repeals some photo identification requirements scheduled to take effect September 1, 2013. The bill passed by a vote of 184-122.

House Republican Whip Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson)

“Last session, we passed a reasonable voter ID law in order to ensure that our elections are fair and clean. It’s unfortunate that just a few months later some would like to eliminate some of these measures, which a bipartisan majority of voters support. The Attorney General’s office is still investigating over a thousand people who cast ballots during the last election without an ID, and have not responded to verification mail sent to their registered address. Before we start repealing sections of the law that haven’t even taken effect yet, we should have time to evaluate the current program in its entirely.”

Deputy House Republican Whip Andy Renzullo (R-Hudson)

“Our current voter ID law is a common sense measure that brings honesty and transparency to our elections. By eliminating parts of this law, House Democrats have made it harder to ensure the integrity of the ballot box and guarantee that our ‘one person, one vote’ principle is not diluted by dishonest votes.”